P&C Community Leadership Virtual Town Hall
P&Cs have been an integral part of schools and communities for almost a century. There are currently 1700+ member P&C Associations operating in New South Wales with a large community of volunteers working with them.
This year, P&C Federation will mark its 99th year by celebrating the contribution of P&C Associations and provide practical advice on how we can support you long into the future.
“Parents involved in P&Cs provide services to schools and students that they may not otherwise have. P&C Federation exists to provide support for P&C Associations across the state. The collective contributions of these P&Cs are enormous. This online forum is a good chance for you to hear about the strategic impact of volunteering across NSW, connect with your fellow P&C members, no matter where you are in the state, and add your thoughts on the future of P&C Associations.” – Tim Spencer, President, P&C Federation NSW.
Tim Spencer – P&C Federation – President
Tim has been an active participant in P&C Associations for over 12 years and a board member of P&C. Federation for 5 years. Since Tim’s election as a P&C Federation councillor for the North West Electorate, he has held Office Bearer and Executive positions. Tim previously sat on the Board of Studies and is currently a member of the NESA Curriculum and School Registration Committees, Tim was elected P&C Federation – Vice President in 2018, followed by his election to P&C Federation – President in late 2019.
Ingrid Waite – P&C Volunteer of the Year 2010, and Past P&C Association President and Vice President – Castle Hill HS
Ingrid moved to Australia in 2008 form the UK with 4 small boys and no understanding of the Australian school system. She first joined the P&C Association at Cherrybrook Public School as a volunteer in the canteen then taking on her first committee role as Secretary. In 2010 Ingrid moved to Samuel Gilbert Public School and was involved in all aspects of the P&C Association as a Canteen and Uniform shop volunteer, Vice – President and also President as well as sitting on the management committee of the annual ‘Great Fete’. Ingrid then transitioned from Primary school P&C Associations to Castle Hill High School as Vice-President and also President and would spend at least two days each week at the school managing the Canteen and Uniform shop.
Gemma Rygate – CEO – Centre for Volunteering NSW
Gemma Rygate has over twenty-five years’ experience as an executive, senior manager, consultant and facilitator across the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Volunteering. Prior to that, Gemma held the position of Executive Director, National, of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. Gemma is a graduate of ACU and UNSW. After completing her Bachelor of Education Degree and Master of Arts, she spent many years as a Department Head in secondary education in NSW. Gemma managed a state wide assessment team for over 10 years; she volunteered in Cambodia for over 10 years, and she also manages a large pastoral holding in the state’s Central West. She is a non- executive director on a NFP Board and Company Secretary for two NFPs. Since transitioning from teaching, Gemma has held Chief Executive positions for several years and has facilitated leadership workshops for groups locally and abroad.
Kate Masoch – P&C Association President – Orana Heights PS
Kate lives in regional NSW and has been involved with my local P&C Association since her eldest child started school. She has held the position of President for the last 3 years. She work as a solicitor and one of her priorities has been to ensure her P&C Association complies with regulatory requirements and their obligations as an employer. When she became an office bearer, one of the first things she did was contact the Federation of Parent and Citizens Associations of New South Wales. She invited P&C Federation to visit the area and talk to local P&C Associations about regulatory requirements. With her background, she was concerned about their status as an employer. As a result of working with P&C Federation, they now have an Enterprise Agreement that covers all of their employees.